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April 2, 2007
"Sometimes I don't even want the people on the bus to see me," she once confided to me in email. "True, I don't want to see anyone, either, but that's not nearly as loathsome as having them see me."

She thought I wouldn't understand her need for invisibility, to go about her day without anyone seeing her do something as innocuous as buying a Metrocard or waiting at the bus stop.

"Sometimes I feel like I even have to script answers to simple 'yes' or 'no' questions," she wrote. "I know that's ridiculous."

No, I responded. It sounds ridiculously familiar.